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The PDO (Polydioxanone) Thread Lift works by redefining the facial contours and inducing collagen production creating a lifting effect that lasts for up to 1-2 years (depending on the area). The threads will form an integrated support structure for the tissue of the face due to collagen synthesis.

Treatment time depends on many factors and the size of the treatment area but can take between 30 -60 minutes.

Before treatment starts, we go over the area of treatment and face mapping. Topical numbing agents and local anesthetic are administered to provide optimal comfort.

Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your treatment will begin. The PDO threads are inserted via blunt tip needles, called cannulas. Once inserted into the appropriate layer of skin, they act as anchors as the
skin is lifted upwards. Then, the excess threads are cut off.

There are several types of PDO threads, and each serves its own unique purpose. Depending on your aesthetic goals, PDO provider may use one or many thread types during your anti-aging treatment.

Smooth threads are placed under your skin in a hashtag pattern which brings back the lost blood flow to the area which will repair and tighten the skin. PDO smooth threads can be used to smooth wrinkles by replacing and adding collagen and elastin to damaged areas. Affect takes place as the thread dissolves and the body lays down new collagen, elastin, and fibrin.

Treatment for light lines and acne scars. It works by using the skin’s self-repair mechanism, we purposely cause micro ‘injuries’ in the targeted area that will then stimulate new collagen synthesis. The same principle is used behind other procedures like Microneedling, Derma Pen, Chemical Peels, and Fractional Laser. With the insertion of the PDO Thread, the skin reacts to the thread and begins to gently repair itself and create new collagen! Visible results can take up to 6 months and multiple treatments
are recommended.

This treatment is completely safe. It is approved by the FDA for safety and efficiency. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of treatments have been performed and there are no reports of allergic reactions, sensitivities to the threads, or serious side effects or risks. Compared to fillers, the side effects
are, in fact, much milder.

Because a PDO thread lift is so versatile, it can treat virtually any area of the face. These include the:

  • Eyebrows
  • Cheeks
  • Neck, Jawline
  • Nose
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Acne scars

There is an immediate improvement seen after Thread Lift treatments with a visible lift in the areas treated. This will improve over a period of 2-6 months as new collagen grows between the threads and gives further lift and tightening to the skin. Lasting results reported 1-2 years depending on the area of treatment.

About 6 months after the procedure, the PDO threads will disappear through simple hydrolysis. The lifted facial contours will remain for about 3-6 months more, due to the cellular rejuvenation effects. Your skin cells are stimulated to produce new collagen, and new blood vessels to improve skin microcirculation. At the same time, the PDO threads cause the fat tissue to contract, producing a skin tightening and facial slimming effect.

Some results of the treatment, such as skin lifting are visible immediately after treatment. In fact, your skin may look tighter when you walk out of our office than it will a week later. Age is one of the leading factors in how quickly your body produces new, healthy collagen. Mesh technique varies, ask your provider.

The final results of your PDO thread lift will be seen within one to two months of your treatment. How long it takes you personally depends a lot on your age. Your age is one of the leading factors in how quickly your body produces new, healthy collagen. Collagen is the protein responsible for plumping up
your cheeks, filling in fine lines and smoothing out wrinkles.

Most of our clients enjoy satisfactory results after just one treatment. Come in 6-9 months after your first treatment so we can determine if you need a follow-up treatment (discounted rate). After that, you should not need another treatment for 1-2 years.

If you are looking to correct lines, wrinkles, gaunt facial features or skin laxity of the face, you are a good candidate for a PDO thread lift. You are a particularly good candidate for this treatment if you want an instant facial lift but do not have the time or money to commit to a traditional facelift.

The best complimentary treatments to your PDO thread lift depend on the results you are looking to achieve. If you are extremely concerned about lines and wrinkles exacerbated by facial motions, neuromodulators work best. If you are more worried about static lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers are the perfect complement for your PDO thread lift.

Depending on the types of threads used and areas treated, bruising may or may not occur. Expect some mild swelling and soreness for 3 to 5 days after the procedure and a sensation of tightness of up to 2 weeks. Temporary mild dimpling of the skin can also occur – and resolves in a few days.


RARE side effects include surface depressions, thread migration and even extrusion, prolonged pain, and prolonged dimpling. The side effects are manageable – removal of threads may be required in cases such as migration and extrusion.


COMMON but mild swelling, soreness, bruising, temporary skin dimpling.

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